Tag Archives: Sharing

Kindness!

4 Aug

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Today…Staying aware of beginnings!

Kindness!

21 Jul

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Today, what act of kindness will you do?….

As always, it’s your decision!

Three Days and One Room Later!

2 May

I have started the process of packing up my house, but what I’ve discovered, packing is something completely different from what I’m doing…What I have found myself deep in is discovery or rather I should say… rediscovering, organizing, discarding, purging, sharing, donating, giving, mailing, taking pictures of pictures then emailing/texting them to family/friends, calling family/friends for advice and with funny stories…it just goes on and on and on!

I’m realizing this process called packing is actually my “past, present and future” colliding into boxes and plastic bins. Which is why it has taken me three days to pack up just one room not including the closet!

Oh well, it’s adventure and I’m loving every second!

AND NOW…

…it’s time to share with you one of my recent discoveries or maybe I should say a rediscovery!

“If Santa Were A Woman” by Judith Stone. December 1990

“The women we admire behave as if every day were Christmas, remembering even in July that simple miracles abound, perpetually reveling in the secret good deed, keeping the elf in self all year. Given thick enough socks, as a matter of fact, they could fill Santa’s patent-leather boots. And what if they did?

If Santa were a woman, we think, she’d stick with the same basic red outfit but lose the white horizontal stripe at hip level. She’d hire some female elves and start an on-site day-care center at the workshop. She’d want Melanie Griffith to play her in the move. She and her husband would be in couples therapy, because she’d empathize with his discomfort at being the dependent Claus.

If Santa were a woman, not only would she deck the halls-she’d also deck the first guy who suggested to her face that delivering all those heavy gifts is no job for a lady. Not that she wouldn’t have doubts herself. The night before the night before Christmas, she wouldn’t be able to sleep because she’d be thinking, why did I take all this upon myself? I can’t possibly pull it off. She’d consider asking for help, but she wouldn’t want to bother anybody. Then she’d remember her decision to really , really try to start delegating, so she’d call up some good friends, divide the work like a Mary Kay Cosmetics distribution system and sleigh-pool.

If Santa were a woman, no other women would ever again receive a small household appliance as a gift. And she’d banish the naughty-and-nice report, not just because checking it twice is an inefficient use of her precious time but because she believes children are children, not bad or good for goodness sake. She’d distribute toys, sure. But, knowing that the true gifts of Christmas come from the twenty-four-hour shopping channel of the soul, she’d also give quality time, penciling in the entire planet if necessary, because that’s the kind of icon she is.

If Santa were a woman, she’d laugh off the inevitable gossip that she’d slept her way to the Pole. She’d patiently explain the genesis of the Santa Claus myth-how it all began with the red-coated , good-hearted fourth-century bishop, St Nicholas. And if folks insisted that she didn’t look her age, she’d respond sweetly, with only a hint of exasperation, ‘This is what 1,690 looks like!’

If Santa were a woman Scrooge might be a woman too, demonstrating that we have the right to a full range of role models, from Mother Teresa to Lady Macbeth; that would be some-thing to celebrate. Maybe Santa wouldn’t always be the same woman. Maybe one year she’d be a hot young executive, the next year, a welfare mother. Maybe she’d decide to work with a male partner: Christmas Eve and Christmas Adam ushering in a new world order.

Maybe Santa is a woman, like other historical figures who masqueraded as men because so much of the world was closed to them: the legendary Pope Joan, Yentl and four hundred Union Army soldiers who turned out to by Yankettes. Father Christmas is, after all traditionally described in feminine terms-bountiful, benevolent, round and soft; he certainly performed crisis intervention worthy of a mom when the other reindeer laughed at Rudolph’s honker. And he always carries way too much in his bag. Hmmmm.

Naaah, Who else but a guy would make one grand annual gesture, be unavailable the whole rest of the year and think it made him a saint?”

 

Friends, at this rate, I might be done packing by 2017!

Ho Ho Ho!

 

 

 

Life’s Sprinkles!

25 Feb

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“Sometimes you need a little sprinkles in your life.”

-Pinterest

Over the last two weeks (and really my whole life) the heavens have been showering beautiful and delicious sprinkles down on me…

AND…

…I want to take a humble moment to give thanks and appreciation!

Thanksgiving for prayers answered!

XOXO!

 

God’s Valentines!

16 Feb

Thing One and Thing Two’s mother received an email from Thing Two’s Pre-School teacher. Being in the true spirit (giving) of February 14, she forwarded it on to me, thank you my dear friend (it made me so happy).

Not only do I love what is being taught in her son’s class…

But….

…I also love God’s Valentines to us ALL!

I hope the photos make you as happy as it made me! From my heart to yours!

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“All you need is love….”

“Pride, My Name is Pride” Poem by Beth Moore

4 Jan
Dear Readers,
 
Between Christmas and New Year’s, my silent investor and I spent a little time in Dallas visiting friends. In the morning (my favorite time of the day) we were all standing/sitting in their very beautiful kitchen (still) in pajamas, drinking coffee and talking about the up’s and down’s of our collective lives over the years. 
 
We talked about friends that have remained friends, new friends, past friends, politics (proof we are all friends), movies, books etc. So another words we talked about life and was in that beautiful kitchen for at least a couple of hours! Life is good, it just does not get any sweeter!
 
We started sharing our favorite inspirations that keep us going and on track. To keep us mindful of the larger picture, to keep us humble, self-correcting and appreciative and hence filled with love and happiness. I thought it was interesting we all carried around something positive and  inspirational to pull-out on “those days” or at “those moments.”
 
Below is what a friend shared that morning. It is inspirational and very worthy of sharing with all of you, regardless of what you’re wearing or what you’re drinking at this given moment! Personally I think the word “Pride” can be swapped out for “Ego” But its up to you to decide.
 
Enjoy! 
 
 

Pride – “My Name is Pride” poem by 

Beth Moore
 
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…
    because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…
    because you “deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…
    because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…
    because you are too full of you to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…
    because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision…
    because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a
window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship…
    because nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…
    because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…
    because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…
    because I convinced you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
    You like me because you think I’m always looking out
for you.
Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
    God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me you’ll never know.
 
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today happy for my friendships and appreciative of everything they have brought to my life!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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From Carol’s Kitchen – Fennel and Some Fa La La La!

3 Dec
Dear Readers,

 
Tis the Season to give and share while remaining in the spirit of joy and fa la la la! Oh how I love the fa la la la of the season!
 
My dear friend Carol who is a meditation teacher shared her divine recipe with me and now I with you. It will not disappoint… yum delicious! It is literally an easy slice and bake kind of cooking and to anyone who knows me, this makes for the perfect kind of cooking! Thank you Carol!
 
From Carol’s Kitchen…
 
For six people
 
Pre-heat oven 425
 
4 Heads of Fennel
3 Can of Artichokes – drained, patted dry
4 Tablespoons of  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (saving 1 T for the end)
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (for the end)
3 tablespoon chopped of flat leaf parsley (for the end)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
 
 
Cut off the frond (green leafy part of fennel) And save for garnish
Cut into 3/4 inch wedges  
Cut artichokes in half lengthwise
Lay them all out on a rimed cookie sheet
Drizzle two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over everything vegetables 
salt and pepper to taste
Roast vegetables at 425 degrees for 35 minutes, tossing vegetables after 20 minutes 
When finished, drizzle 1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil remain and 2 t of fresh lemon juice 
Add parsley and toss to combined
Throw it all in a bowl
Garnish with fennel fronds 
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top if desired – completely optional 
 
Serve a fish of your choice as a side dish!
 
It is healthy option as the season brings less then desired feelings!…Thank you Carol for bringing warmth, nutrition and love to the holidays!
 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today in Carol’s kitchen!
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
 

Laughing Day…Again! No Crime In That!

5 Nov

Dear Readers,

 
Given we had Halloween last night (Trick-or-Treating)…Due to hurricane Sandy, all festivities postponed to November 4….This is just so appropriate and all too funny not to share!
 
 
 

Thing One and Thing Two were my very favorite Treaters. Their costumes were adorable…”Where the Wild Things Are” Thing One was Max (of course) and Thing Two a monster (being 3 yrs old, of course, of course!)

 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today on the floor laughing and hoping this will finally be the end to 2012’s Halloween and to any more hurricanes!
 
 
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
 
Kindest regards,
 
Asklotta
 
President and CEO
 
CBCorp
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